ASIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION – URGENT APPEALS PROGRAMME
Urgent Appeal Case: AHRC-UAC-182-2012
13 October 2012
BURMA: Air force officer tortured, jailed for 20 years over Internet use
ISSUES: Torture; arbitrary arrest and detention; right to fair trial
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has been alerted to the case of an air force officer currently serving a 20-year jail sentence for posting articles online critical of the armed forces. Ne Lynn Dwe was taken by military intelligence from his barracks in December 2011 and held incommunicado before being sentenced in April 2012 by a military court martial, before which he had no legal representative. He allegedly suffered torture and has had psychological problems since.
On the night of 12 December 2011 officers from military intelligence came to Ne Lynn Dwe, 38, at his camp in Myeik, southern Burma, and told him to go with them by aircraft to Rangoon. Once there, Ne Lynn Dwe was detained and accused of having posted some 70 articles to the Internet since 2009 detailing military life and the hardships and difficulties faced by ordinary service personnel. In March 2012 a court martial convened to hear the case, and in April it convicted him and sentenced him to 20 years in jail for violating the Emergency Provisions Act by doing actions to undermine the military; and, the Electronic Transactions Law, for using the Internet illegally.
Photo: Ne Lynn Dwe
While in custody, Ne Lynn Dwe was allegedly tortured, and treated inhumanely. He was held without his family having access to him. Each time he was taken for interrogation, his face was covered and he heard only the voices of his interrogators. They injected him with some substance that made him lose his sense of self and answer questions uninhibitedly. While being held in custody he was kept handcuffed and for some time was allowed to wear only a singlet and shorts. Later he was given one sarong and shirt, for the duration of his four months in custody while awaiting court martial, and during the court martial process. Continue reading “BURMA: Air force officer tortured, jailed for 20 years over Internet use”